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Two Approaches to Reducing Poverty—Only One Works

White non-Hispanics will be a minority in the U.S. in 30 years, demographers say. There are four states, California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii, where tomorrow is a reality today. Statistics indicate that demographics are predictive of poverty levels. So, which states have less poverty?

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Texas Could Save $1 Billion per Year: The Biggest Reform You’ve Never Heard Of

Texas lawmakers are fixing to allocate billions more dollars to transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the state’s third-largest agency. Spending on roads and bridges will push past $11 billion this year. But, without a few simple procurement reforms, Texans may miss out on a $1 billion per year in savings.

In this April 29, 2014 file photo, two elementary school boys, ages 5 and 6, eat lunch

Media Misrepresents Poverty Rate of US Children by More Than Double

In a breathless, Drudge Report-linked headline, the Washington Post reported last week that the “Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.” A Huffington Post piece by Rebecca Klein, published 12 minutes earlier, sported a similar headline, “More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty.” The only problem with these headlines, and the stories beneath them, is that they aren’t true—not even close.

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Working Poor Win in Red States, Due to Lower Cost of Living

As a general rule, conservatively-run states have a far lower cost of living than do liberal states and this lower cost of living greatly benefits the people who pay rent, buy food, and contract for service — a fact that is frequently glossed over by partisans who favor larger government as well as many analysts.

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Strengthening the Texas Model During the Upcoming Session

AUSTIN, Texas — One of the greatest and most consistent challenges for any elected official is resisting the powerful urge to “do something” with political power. Free markets are self-organizing, decentralized, and seemingly chaotic to the outside observer.

Letting the Facts Defend Texas

Letting the Facts Defend Texas

AUSTIN, Texas–An article entitled, “He’ll mess with Texas: Recruiting expert says state ‘has to buy jobs,’” appeared in the Austin Business Journal on July 9 and appeared across the nation in the BizJournals.com family. The piece managed to insult both

Small Business Owners Grade the States: California F, Texas A+

Small Business Owners Grade the States: California F, Texas A+

Another business climate survey was just released, and, in what won’t be a shock for regular Breitbart readers, it assigns Texas a grade of A+ for small business friendliness with California netting an F. What makes this survey unique is

Why Texas Needs Independent Think Tanks

Why Texas Needs Independent Think Tanks

“Think tank…” For the average American, the phrase likely conjures up a range of thoughts, from a vague wrinkle of the brow to a silent muse lines along the lines of a classic Jerry Seinfeld sketch, “It’s a tank. To

Obama Proposes Tolls on Interstates Across Nation

Obama Proposes Tolls on Interstates Across Nation

As with many federal accounts, the Highway Trust Fund is running on empty. Refilled with the 18.4-cent per gallon gas tax and disbursed by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, the federal highway fund faces a $63 billion shortfall through 2018. Texas

Why Texans Trust Their State Government and Californians Don't

Why Texans Trust Their State Government and Californians Don't

State governments enjoy widely varying levels of trust, that’s the finding of a new Gallup poll summarized by Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak on April 7.  Illinois rests at the bottom of the trust heap with a trust deficit of 42

Why Texans Trust Their State Government and Californians Don't

Why Texans Trust Their State Government and Californians Don't

State governments enjoy widely varying levels of trust. That’s the finding of a new Gallup poll summarized by Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak on April 7.  Illinois rests at the bottom of the trust heap with a trust deficit of 42

California: The View from Texas

California: The View from Texas

America’s biggest state is now getting its own Breitbart page. Or is it its second, counting Big Hollywood? Or its third, given Big Government’s content? If California is to make its way back to more liberty and less government–and America

Texas Tax Burden Fell in 2011 as Economy Improved

Texas Tax Burden Fell in 2011 as Economy Improved

Overall taxes as a share of Texas’ residents’ income fell from 2010 to 2011, from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent, mainly due to the strength of the Texas economy and the fact that the Texas state legislature resisted calls from

A Snapshot on the Nature of Work and Poverty in the Two Biggest States

A Snapshot on the Nature of Work and Poverty in the Two Biggest States

The Bureau of Labor Statistics updated many of their figures in the past week. Here’s some interesting numbers regarding average hours worked and average weekly earnings:  –$1,394 was the average for weekly earnings in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region in

Texas: The Antidote to the Soft Tyranny Gripping America

Texas: The Antidote to the Soft Tyranny Gripping America

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville worried that someday America would lose its liberty to “…a network of small complicated rules…” reducing citizens to sheep with the government their “shepherd.” He termed this soft tyranny or despotism. Today, the

Breitbart Texas' Mission: Saving Liberty At The Center Of Universe

Breitbart Texas' Mission: Saving Liberty At The Center Of Universe

In two weeks it’ll be two years since Andrew Breitbart departed this world, leaving behind a wife and four children that he desperately loved. I mourn the void he left behind, both as an irrepressible friend and the indispensable man

Tucci's Spiritual 'Child' Comic Making Leap to Hardcover

Tucci's Spiritual 'Child' Comic Making Leap to Hardcover

A year ago graphic novel artist Billy Tucci unveiled “Billy Tucci’s ‘A Child is Born‘” to critical acclaim. Tucci, a U.S. Army veteran, is an award-winning illustrator known more for Sgt. Rock, capes and cowls than inspirational Christian art. Tucci

Obama, Reagan, and 'Foreign Policies of the 1980s'

Obama, Reagan, and 'Foreign Policies of the 1980s'

In the last debate, President Obama hit Governor Romney for wanting, “…to import the foreign policies of the 1980s.” This period was a formative time for Mr. Obama, age 51, and myself, age 50. While a college student then, Obama

State Tax Levels Do Impact Economic Growth

State Tax Levels Do Impact Economic Growth

On June 25, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece entitled, “States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer.” This article, and similar pieces in other venues, detailed a February 2012 study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic

Number of Americans Paid Not to Work Growing Faster than Number of Taxpayers

Number of Americans Paid Not to Work Growing Faster than Number of Taxpayers

The federal government announced the new, official unemployment rate this week: 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent. Far fewer jobs were added in April than expected–115,000–so the official rate declined slightly because more people stopped looking for work.  The workforce

LA Riots: Thin Veneer of Civilization

LA Riots: Thin Veneer of Civilization

Garden Plot: a generic Operations Plan for military support related to domestic civil disturbances. Like charred fingers clawing skyward, columns of thick black smoke rose from a burning Los Angeles.  It was April 30, 1992, and I was flying into

Obama At The UN: Misreading History, Revolution, And War

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 21. After pleasantries, Obama’s 5,183 word speech began with the customary nod to the UN’s mission “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world.” The President cited Franklin Roosevelt

The Hariri Assassination Report Will Lead To Violence

The United Nations report on the assassination of popular former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005 was just released. As expected, Hezbollah was implicated in the assassination in which a one-ton truck bomb was detonated, killing 22 people and

Why The US Consistently Fails To Predict Threats

The outgoing Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, made a remarkable admission during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute three weeks ago that should have received more attention. In his speech, the SecDef properly observed that the U.S. has consistently

Foreign Policy: A Time for a Serious Discussion?

The San Mateo County Republican Lincoln Day dinner, my thoughts on foreign policy, and the appearance and ignominious retreat of a white supremacist heckler… I wish to extend my sincere thanks for the organizers, members and guests of the San

Japan's Nuclear Crisis: Radiation Primer and Perspective

Japan’s nuclear crisis may yet get as bad as some have been saying, but, until then, some facts and perspective… The average natural background radiation level is 2,400 microsieverts per year. Human-caused radiation contributes about 5 microsieverts per year, from

Obama's Failure

Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia: Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, its “moderate” cousin, are on the verge of a stunning strategic victory in the Middle East. U.S. national interests are on the precipice of suffering the worst